UNODC reveals devastating impact of Afghan opium

October 21, 2009 10:19 pm· Comments Off on UNODC reveals devastating impact of Afghan opium 

VIENNA, Oct. 22 — The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released on Wednesday a report showing the devastating consequences the huge amount of opium and other drugs from Afghanistan has caused in the world.

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Jordanian Queen told Italian parliament: "Women can save the economy"

October 21, 2009 10:19 pm· Comments Off on Jordanian Queen told Italian parliament: "Women can save the economy" 

ROME, Oct. 22 — Women can help save the world economy from the global downturn, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan told the Italian Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday.

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Record breaking 173 million people take stand with UN against poverty

October 21, 2009 10:19 pm· Comments Off on Record breaking 173 million people take stand with UN against poverty 

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 22 — Smashing a Guinness World Record, more than 173 million people around the world joined forces with the United Nations to call on global leaders to stamp out poverty and take action to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their deadline of 2015, UN officials said here Wednesday.

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U.S. supports IAEA's proposal on Iran's low enriched uranium

October 21, 2009 10:19 pm· Comments Off on U.S. supports IAEA's proposal on Iran's low enriched uranium 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 — The United States on Wednesday voiced its support for an proposal by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the enriched uranium with a higher purity needed for research reactor in Iran would be produced abroad.

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Central America most violent region in world, UN report shows

October 21, 2009 10:19 pm· Comments Off on Central America most violent region in world, UN report shows 

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 22 — Central America has become the region with the highest levels of non-political crime worldwide, with an average murder rate of 33 per 100,000 inhabitants last year, three times greater than the global average, a new United Nations report released here Wednesday shows, noting that crime threatens the region's development.

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Only 22 countries pay UN dues in full, top official says

October 21, 2009 10:19 pm· Comments Off on Only 22 countries pay UN dues in full, top official says 

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 22 — Only 22 countries have paid their UN dues in full, and the United States, the top contributor to the UN budget, has yet to pay all its dues, a top UN official said here Wednesday.

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Bulgaria appeals for military cooperation in South Eastern Europe

October 21, 2009 10:19 pm· Comments Off on Bulgaria appeals for military cooperation in South Eastern Europe 

SOFIA, Oct. 22 — Bulgaria appealed the South Eastern European countries for military cooperation during the annual meeting of the ministers of defense from the region held here on Wednesday.

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UNIFIL: Lebanon "calmest" since endorsement of resolution 1701

October 21, 2009 10:19 pm· Comments Off on UNIFIL: Lebanon "calmest" since endorsement of resolution 1701 

BEIRUT, Oct. 22 — United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) spokesperson Yasmina Bouziane said Wednesday that South Lebanon is currently passing through the calmest period since the passage of UN Resolution 1701.

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Ecuador alerts 3 provinces of Reventador volcano eruption

October 21, 2009 10:19 pm· Comments Off on Ecuador alerts 3 provinces of Reventador volcano eruption 

QUITO, Oct. 22 — The Ecuadorian authorities on Wednesday alerted three close-by provinces of a possible eruption of the Reventador volcano west of the capital city.

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Africa moots world's first legal instrument on internal population displacement

October 21, 2009 10:19 pm· Comments Off on Africa moots world's first legal instrument on internal population displacement 

By Ronald Ssekandi

KAMPALA, Oct. 22 — African leaders will on Thursday gathered here to consider and adopt a convention for the protection and assistance of internally displaced persons (IDPs) after realization that the continent can not develop with millions of these people kept in confinement.

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